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    put one's foot down/ on account of/ recess

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    You try to put your foot down on account of your pupils' misbehavior during the recess.

    put one’s foot down = take a firm stand

    on account of = owing to, because of the fact that

    recess = a pause from doing something (as work); as in "we took a 10-minute recess"

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    Re: put one's foot down/ on account of/ recess

    you are right to put your foot down is to protest or argue back about something


    by the wat as far as I know a recess is an american word

    I am british so was taught british english and never learnt any americanisms

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    Re: put one's foot down/ on account of/ recess

    Yes.

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    Re: put one's foot down/ on account of/ recess

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post

    You try to put your foot down on account of your pupils' misbehavior during the recess.


    recess = a pause from doing something (as work); as in "we took a 10-minute recess"
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    Not a teacher, 53-year-old American.
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    In American schools - particularly elementary schools - students have a period of 'play' time established during each classroom day. The word recess in the original quote is referring to this play time.

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